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Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

College or University: University of New Orleans

Type of degree: B.S.

Brief overview of program: The University of New Orleans (UNO) Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NAME) program is one of the fastest growing programs in the United States. UNO-NAME graduates are employed as engineers, project managers, and business executives throughout the world. UNO offers the Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NAME), the Master of Science in Engineering, and the Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Science. The first UNO Masters of Engineering degree (MSE) in NAME was awarded in 1984. Since then, a large number of UNO-NAME students have earned advanced degrees and entered employment in government R&D laboratories, naval architecture and offshore engineering design firms, as well as regulatory agencies and shipyards. Through UNO's Gulf Coast Region Maritime Technology Center, the National Biodynamics Laboratory, and the UNO-Avondale Maritime Technology Center of Excellence, there are a number of joint government-industry-UNO research projects available to qualified graduate research students. A UNO graduate student research assistant receives a full tuition waiver plus a modest living allowance. This, along with graduate scholarships, have enabled increasing numbers of UNO-NAME students to complete their graduate educations and begin their careers in the marine field.

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Description of Facilities: The School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering is located in a modern, state-of-the-art, nine-story engineering building. This building houses specialized laboratory facilities which include: A 128 ft long towing tank with a 15 ft x 7 ft cross section for model tests of 8-12 ft long models of ships and offshore structures in calm water and in waves, as well as in shallow water with current. A Model Shop for projects and for towing tank model and experiment manufacture. The UNO Structural Test System, a 20 ft x 20 ft wide and 10 ft high space frame with computer controlled hydraulic actuators for testing aluminum, steel and composite ship structural components. A Computer-Aided Ship Design Laboratory with an array of software packages for marine design and analysis. Linux High-Performance Computing Cluster - a modern 82 processor parallel computer for numerical analysis and simulation A Marine Engineering Laboratory with programs on ship safety, operations, reliability, maintenance, and performance simulation of propulsion systems. Other prominent off-site facilities include: The UNO-Avondale Maritime Technology Center of Excellence. This building houses the Simulation Based Design Center, which promotes the use of electronic visualization, numerical simulation, and virtual reality in marine design and construction. The National Biodynamics Laboratory, for evaluation and improvement of human response factors to a sea environment.


Institution address: 911 Engineering Building
                             New Orleans,LA 70148


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